Originally Posted by at_nyc
Oh, I forgot the side cut part.
The new ski has more side cut than the previous one. But I don't have all the dimension so can't do a quantitative comparison of what % of difference.
New ski is longer but has rocker. So I think that offset the effect. (I hadn't gotten heavier, nor better. So I basically size my new skis to have similar effective length on non-powder surfaces)
I've been reading the other knee & wide ski thread links provided above. What's a bit harder to separate are the different type of pain/stress to the knee.
I don't have pain IN the knee. But rather, a sensation of my MCLs occasionally being pulled just slightly beyond what they're comfortable to tolerate. And a sensation of them being irritated and inflamed
You guys had provided quite a lot of good information, and suggestions on things to try. I'll work on them next season (provided I don't get to go out one or two more times before closing of this season)
skis are very hard to quantify... my point is that you can't really peg a ski just by A characteristic/spec, like waist, sidecut, jada, jada, jada. Skis are constructs of so many different thing, some of which we haven't even mentioned. Quite some years ago a really, really nice guy who loved skiing and was also an engineer (don;t remember his exact area of expertise) - John Perryman - did a huge project in applying a whole bunch of measurements and parameters, trying to quantify any particular ski's performance and characteristics. He called it the SKipp test, and successfully marketed it to SKI magazine back in the early 70's (for about 3 seasons). He was crazy thorough and was crazy about skiing. He also did empirical evaluations of the skis he 'quantified' in his tests, meaning he had actual skiers give their impressions on an extensive questionaire, after skiing. Course he did all this in North NJ... so the great variance in snow conditions just couldn;t be part of the considerations. Anyway, he was always a great guy to talk with, for all the reasons we all bullshit about equipment here on epic. And his SKipp tests were interesting and often considered a good indicator if a ski, and sometimes not... That when ski dimensions were also so similar that mere few millimeters separated most. A google search will prolly bring up info on John and his SKipp test, if you/re interested.
Anyway, if you like your new Kenjas, and how they ski, then finding accommodation in how you ski them may be productive in addressing your concerns. Sometimes its how one approaches a long ski day. Sometimes an easy warmup period helps get into the day and keeps the brun from setting in as soon. Works for me. I always take 2 or 3+ warmup runs, concentrating on technique and a good muscle warmup. Each new season the warmup seems even more important.
So let's add another consideration not yet mentioned - tune. Tune in the ski conversation is like the 'tire' thread in cycling forums LOL!
Your Kenja are new and have the factory tune? What is the condition of tune of your older skis? Tuned regularly to some 'factory' or custom desired tune?
State of tune makes a huge difference in how a ski reacts/skis...
there just no payout to focusing on one thing.